Connecting local responses around the world
During the Global Learning Festival- day two i.e. 2nd Oct, we went live with a youth group in Eastern Kenya- Aun, Autry, Bhakynti, Bono, Joseph, Ornella, Sylvereen, Wiwin, Widah and Rituu
How the group was set up
The local church and SALT facilitators encouraged setting up of a village youth group. This consists of young boys and girls and also some children.What motivates them is the needs of the community. For instance during the COVID-19 pandemic they started SALT visits to homes of older women to support them.
Community needs bricks! They felt that the community required bricks. So they suggested to the older people that the youth will make bricks which will also get them some income and they will not waste their time idling around. Where did you learn how to make bricks we asked them. We learned from our parents and also from the internet. They have acquired the skill of making bricks. They gave us tips on making bricks. Dig the soil, make bricks, dry them and then bake them.Baking is what gives the nice red colour to the bricks explained the youth leader, Florence.
Youth got together and made bricks- It was hard physical labour so boys focused on making bricks while the girls cooked for them. We learned how to make chapatis said Florence. And voila in a month they made 20,000 bricks!
What will they do with the bricks? The bricks will be used for construction of toilets in the community, building the compound wall in the village and so on.